David Edwards reports from Courtmacsherry…
Inshore fishing for Pollack and Cod has been good on most days with ling showing on wrecks. Mackerel have been very patchy with either box fulls or none at all. Hopefully the forecast warmer weather next week will improve their reliability. West Cork Charters had some great publicity last month when I was lucky enough to get a shot of a Killer Whale chasing Common Dolphins offshore so who knows what could be next appearing in our catches?
We took a run out on Tuesday sharking and had 4 reasonable Blues to the boat but the undoubted highlight of the day was Connor O’Reilly’s big Porbeagle, a little over 7 feet long and around 300lb makes it much larger than the Porgies of recent years in West Cork and was brilliant to see. The shots aren’t great as they were from up on the flybridge but the six of us onboard Silver Dawn were amazed to see such a beautiful fish close up. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.
Connor O’Reilly’s big Porbeagle
West Cork Charters
West Cork Charters operates the Silver Dawn, a 41′ Rodman 1250 with twin 430 HP Engines out of Courtmacsherry. The range of fishing found within close range of Courtmacsherry is superb, with trips producing anything between 6 and 15 different species as a norm and in excess of 20 is possible if anglers are prepared to change methods and use different baits and lures throughout their trip. As a rule mackerel, pollock, cod and ling are usually encountered but several species of wrasse along with whiting, pouting, coalfish, bull huss, conger and many more are often added to the catch.
If you do choose to head offshore to sample the superb shark fishing available within 10 miles of Courtmacsherry, there is a very strong chance of encountering blue sharks and an increasing chance of bringing a porbeagle shark to the boat.
Address: The Pier, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 (83) 449 1403